April 2019



Shut out the world in the silence of meditation, lest the lesser things of God's creation attract your attention away from Him. Let naught else approach that inner temple. In the sanctum of your heart there must be enshrined one power, one joy, one peace--God. If you have that realization, you will find the infinite Christ baptizing your consciousness in the unity of God's omnipresence.

Your outer life must also be clean--pure in word, thought, and action. Be kind to all; even if the greatest of sinners comes to you, consider him a brother--albeit a sleeping brother. Hurt no one; judge none else but yourself. Destroy moods; trample them to dust.

Paramahansa Yogananda
Oneness in the Infinite Christ (Journey to Self-Realization, p. 349)
Greetings!

This month we have many special events that will take place. We will have two monastic visits - Sister Brahmani will visit April 7th and join us for our monthly potluck social, and a surprise visit from Brother Brahmananda on the following Sunday, April 14th. They will conduct both the 10am and 11am services on those dates, so this will be an extra special treat for us! Easter Sunrise and Good Friday services will also take place this month, so be sure to review the newsletter closely for these details. 

On April 28th, we will hold our Annual Elections to elect a Coordinator, Secretary, Treasurer, and four Members at Large, as well as Service Readers and Sunday School Teachers/Assistants. The election is a very important occasion, so please be sure to attend and cast your vote. There are more events mentioned in the newsletter, so be sure to review it thoroughly. 

Also, just a reminder, SRF now has a new website and a new web address, with a variety of wonderful features. Be sure to visit Yogananda.org. Registration for the SRF World Convocation is now available as well, so don’t hesitate to make your plans now if you’re able. 

I hope you all have a blessed Easter and may the blessings of God and the Great Ones be with us all! 

In Christ’s Love,

Indira Harris
DC Center Coordinator  

Greenfield Retreats This Month

One-Day Women's Retreat: April 6
Conducted Regional Retreat: April 19-21

There will be two retreat opportunities this month at SRF Greenfield Retreat in Front Royal, Virginia. A sign-up sheet for each retreat will be available on the table in the foyer several weeks before the dates listed above. Please be sure to add your name and contact information if you wish to attend. Further information can be found at this link. These retreats are offered on a donation basis to all Kriyabans and Lessons students. Please bring your student or Kriyaban cards for admittance.

Sister Brahmani to Lead Services and Attend Potluck Luncheon

We are blessed to have Sister Brahmani, the resident monastic at the SRF Greenfield retreat, leading our services on April 7. She will also attend our monthly potluck luncheon, immediately following the services. Please bring a vegetarian entree (pre-warmed to at least room temperature to facilitate more efficient food service), fruit juice, or dessert, if you plan to attend. We hope you can come share in divine fellowship.

Surprise Visit by SRF Monastic

We are most fortunate in that Brother Brahmananda will make a visit to our center, leading both of our morning services on April 14. We hope you are able to join us.

Good Friday Service

We will mark the occasion of Good Friday with a service on April 19, from 7:30-9:00 pm. All are welcome.

Easter Sunrise Service

We will hold an Easter Sunrise Service on April 21, from 8:00-9:00 am. Then from 9:00-10:00 am, devotees who wish to do so are invited to bring fruit juice and light refreshments to contribute to a potluck breakfast. All are invited to join us in celebration of the resurrection of Christ.

General Membership Meeting and Elections

Our General Membership meeting and Annual Election will take place on April 28, immediately following the morning Reading service. All devotees are encouraged to attend, as your input and participation are vital to the Center's functioning. Lunch will be provided.

Service Readings This Month

April 7: Vol. 2 #16: How to Fulfill Your Role in Life
April 14: Vol. 2 #16: Jesus Christ and His Teachings
April 21: Vol. 2 #16: The Resurrection of Christ Within You
April 28: Vol. 2 #16: The Power of Concentration

Long Meditations This Month


We will have 3-hour meditations every Sunday evening from 6:00-9:00 pm. The evening meditation on April 14 will include Kirtan. There will also be a 4-hour meditation on April 27 from 10:00-2:00 pm.
Caring Friends Team


The Caring Friends Team provides support and outreach to members who are experiencing illness, hardships, and personal crisis. For more information please contact Stacey Hawkins at 301-395-9541.
Weekly Services

Sundays
Meditation Service: 10:00-10:50 am
Reading Service: 11:00-12:00
3-Hour Meditation: 6:00-9:00 pm

Thursdays
Lessons Study Group: 6:00-7:00 pm
Inspirational Service: 7:30-9:00 pm
Special Events This Month

Greenfield One-Day Women's Retreat
April 6

Sister Brahmani Leads Services
Monthly Potluck
April 7

Brother Brahmananda Leads Services
April 14

Good Friday Service
April 19, 7:30-9:00 pm

Greenfield Conducted Regional Retreat
April 19-21

Easter Sunrise Service
April 21, 8:00-9:00 am
Light potluck, 9:00-10:00 am

Four-Hour Meditation
April 27, 10:00-2:00 pm

General Membership Meeting and Elections
April 28

Washington DC Center of Self-Realization Fellowship
4911 Niagara Rd. College Park, Md 20740
Phone: 301-345-4172
SRF Website www.yogananda.org